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. there is no death, just transformation. may they rest in peace. and let us say amen. >> amen. >> please be seated. >> and let us unite our hearts in prayer, oh god of love and mercy, we come before you this night with broken hearts. we offer you our tears and our pain, our anger and our sorrow. oh, lord, there was a hole so large, we wonder if even you in your greatness can fill it as we grieve and mourn for those who are lost. each light that sits before us is a light that's been lost to our world. so many innocents, so many brave, lord, all we can do is throw ourselves upon your tender mercies, trusting that you hear our prayers. we know those who are lost because they're ours, lord, not names on some list, but our mothers, or sisters, our brothers, or friends, kindred all because if we did not know them ourselves, we know someone who did. and so, we pray, lord for all the souls lost and all the families and friends who are so torn by grief, for in this moment we are all your childr children, a family related by your love. so help us to care for these families in their sorrow and for each othe
in the bond of life eternal. there is no death, just transformation. may they rest in peace. and let us say amen. >> amen. >> please be seated. >> and let us unite our hearts in prayer, oh god of love and mercy, we come before you this night with broken hearts. we offer you our tears and our pain, our anger and our sorrow. oh, lord, there was a hole so large, we wonder if even you in your greatness can fill it as we grieve and mourn for those who are lost. each light that sits before us is a light that's been lost to our world. so many innocents, so many brave, lord, all we can do is throw ourselves upon your tender mercies, trusting that you hear our prayers. we know those who are lost because they're ours, lord, not names on some list, but our mothers, or sisters, our brothers, or friends, kindred all because if we did not know them ourselves, we know someone who did. and so, we pray, lord for all the souls lost and all the families and friends who are so torn by grief, for in this moment we are all your childr children, a family related by your love. so help us to care for these familie
. if there is no further business to come before us, i wish to recognize dodi allen for the purpose of making a motion to adjourn. >> [inaudible] >> recognizing john abernathy -- don abernathy for the purpose of a second. >> [inaudible] >> all those in favor of adjournment, say aye. >> aye. >> i now turn it over to our distinguished secretary of state, alain marshall. >> thank you for a job well done. ladies and gentlemen, thank you for your service today. i want to thank the participants as well as those of you here to watch history being made. history in this historical room and people watching us across the state through modern technology, this is truly a moment to reflect upon what good citizenship is all about. before everybody does start to leave, let me remind the electorates, if i can ask you to return to your seat so we can pass those extra five. they are crucial and have to be sent to washington post case for archives and congress and everywhere else -- posthaste for our cars and congress and everyone else. thank you very much to everyone. i hope you have enjoyed yourself, making history, as
dignity and grace. that's all for us tonigh> that's all for us tonigh> that's all for us tonight. >>> good evening, again, everyone. we're here live at the town hall in newtown, connecticut. it has become for all the wrong reasons main street usa. that may all change. plenty of news on that subject tonight with president obama laying out a plan of action today an the national rifle association planning to speak on that later this week. for now, people here are focused firmly on the moment, not each living day by day, but for the survivors, the families living hour by hour, minute by minute, second by second even. they are tending to the heart wrenching duty they have to bury the dead, and the duty we all have to remember and honor. daniel barden was just seven but called the spark of his family. always smiling. and had two front teeth missing. daniel's dad is a musician, and daniel followed his lead by playing the drums in a mini band he formed with his older brother and sister. his family describes daniel as a thoughtful and affectionate boy. whenever he saw kids sitting alone in the lunc
in such a moment of heartbreak all of us here in newtown. we gather especially mindful of family and friends and neighbors among us. who have lost loved ones by an act of unfathomable violence and destruction. would gather to grieve together, -- we gather to grieve together, to care for one another, to weep and to remember, and to declare in our many voices that the darkest days of our community shall not be the final word heard from us. we will sigh in our sorrorws. we will care for one another with our love and our compassion. in those early hours of the crisis, it became clear to we clergy and faith leaders here in newtown that an initial community response would be needed, that we would need to come together. and so we asked our first select woman and superintendent if it might be possible for the clergy to gather the community here at newtown high school, to continue and to begin what will be for many along journey through grief and loss. -- a long journey. we are not here to ignore our differences or diminish our core beliefs, which define our many different faith traditions, but to o
to show the pictures of daniel who wanted to be a firefighter when he grew up. people supported us after 9/11 we are here to rueturn the favo. we saw a photograph the class photo of lauren russos first graders who were killed on friday. this was grace mcdonald's class. she and 14 other kids, even as a little girl she knew she wanted to become a teacher. on friday she was where she wanted to be. filling in for a teacher on maternm maternity leave. >> it says me, since i've been with you. thanks for rubbing off on me. >> 30 and in love. tony and lauren russo. >> do you you remember the moment you realized you were in love with her? >> yes, the first date, i had with her i knew. >> at a wine bar where they shared her first kiss. she called him lovy. and she didn't like to honk her horn at people who cut her off in traffic. >> she liked to send him cards like this one. >> this card made me giggle and think of you very appropriate just bananas. >> these photographs taken two months before she died. >> this was a first one where i don't have a funny face. >> they celebrated one year of dating in
to recommend new laws and executive orders. mr. obama pointed to assault rifles like the one used in the sandy hook attack to access to mental health care and to what he called a culture of that glorifies violence. major garrett is at the white house for us tonight. major? >> reporter: scott, gun control has never been an obama administration priority. it is now, and the clock is ticking on vice president joe biden's gun violence task force. mr. obama wants to announce new initiatives before his state of the union address in late january. >> there's no law or set of laws that can prevent every senseless act of violence in our society. we're going to need to work on making access to mental health care at least as easy as access to a gun. we're going to need to look more closely at a culture that all too often glorifies guns and violence. and any actions we must take must begin inside the home and inside our hearts. >> reporter: after congresswoman gabrielle giffords and 18 others were shot in arizona and 12 were murdered in a colorado movie theater the president offered up words but little else
when he has a gun it is a huge responsibility. if you use the weapon irresponsible plea -- irresponsibly, you could cause yourself trouble off, death even to people that you did not intend to do harm to. it makes you very careful. or it should make you very careful. for most people it does. it would make people more careful if they all had to pass some kind of a test before they get a license. you did not always have to with a gun in many localities. >> craig whitney on the history of gun ownership and gun control in america. and from living with guns, a liberal pays for the second amendment. saturday night at 10:00 eastern. part of four days of non-fiction books and authors through christmas days. as the electoral college met monday, we spoke with a social studies teacher at pioneer high school in ann arbor, mich., about how she teaches the look for a process in use the c-span as a resource. >> tracie van newsom is a high school and social studies teacher. >> tracy is a high-school social studies and history teacher. fellow, and she is joining us on the phone. what is y
. that's all for us tonight. we are once again in the old town hall in newtown connecticut. it's become for all the wrong reasons, main street usa. that may change. may yet become the road to a new consensus on preventing the next deadly outbreak of gun violence. plenty of news on that subject tonight with president obama laying out a plan of action today and the nra planning to speak on that later this week. for now, though, fell of this -- people focus onned on the moment. not living day by day, but for the families living in some case, hour by hour, minute by minute, second by second even. they are tending to the sadly duty they have to bury the dead and to the duty we all have to honor and to remember. daniel barden was just 7, always smiling, had two front teeth missing, which his parents say he earned in his fearless pursuit of fun and happiness. his dad was a musician and he followed his lead by playing the drums. in a mini band he forms with his older brother and sister. his family described him as a thoughtful and affectionate boy. whenever he noticed kids sitting alone in the
not need any of this. >> no doubt. congresswoman, thank you for your time tonight. carolyn mccarthy with us here on "the ed show." and that is "the ed show." i'm ed schultz. "the rachel maddow" show starts right now. >> thanks. there is a lot to get to this hour, including news about potential gun law reforms and the continuing reaction to the newtown, connecticut, school massacre there. is some surprising news out of michigan on that issue today that we're going to be getting to. there is news about who is going to be in the united states senate in this next congress. we found out yesterday who is being tapped to replace senator jim demint, who is leaving the senate. we also found out yesterday who might replace john kerry if he leaves the senate to be secretary of state. we found out today who is the odds-on favorite to replace long-time hawaii senator daniel inouye, who died yesterday. we've got all that news ahead. >>> but we begin tonight with something that is an important story in its own terms. but for those of us at msnbc and nbc news, it is also an incredibly emotional thing. and
a short time ago giving us horrifying insight into what happened at that school in those last moments. our own molly line was at that press conference. molly, tell us what happened. >> the medical examiner released a lot of details today and they really speak of clarity with just how horrible this situation was. he essentially made very clear that the victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds at the hands of a long gun, a rifle he clarified when he was asked to clarify. we know that he participated in a number of those exams himself of the victims, of these loved ones, and that of those he examined they suffered 3 to 11 gunshot wounds. we're talking about such little children, the youngest victims 6 years old, a boy named noah, tiny, tiny people that were desperately trying to save their own lives and these women, six women gunned down that were trying to save the children. >> judge jeanine: you know, what was interesting in that press conference is also the fact that he said although he is a chief medical examiner, this is the worst that he has ever seen. >> he says he has worked about a th
's all for us tonight. >>> piers, thanks very much. we are once again in the old town hall in newtown connecticut. it's become for all the wrong reasons, main street usa. that may change. plenty of news on that subject tonight with president obama laying out a plan of action today and the nra planning to speak on that later this week. for now, though, fell of this town are focusing on the moment. they're not even focusing on the day but minute by minute. they are tending to the sadly duty they have to bury the dead and to remember and to honor. daniel barden was always smiling and had two front teeth missing. which his parents say he earned in his fearless pursuit of fun and happiness. his dad was a musician and he followed his lead by playing the drums. his family described him as a thoughtful and affectionate boy. whenever he noticed kids sitting alone in the runch room at school, he would join them. in an interview, his dad remembers teaching him to play "jingle bells" on the way to school. >> we held hands on the way to the bus. and that was our last morning together. he did get u
the obama administration has conducted more than 200,000 deportations of parents with children who are u.s. citizens over a period of about two years. according to federal data, nearly one-quarter of all deportations from july 1, 2010 to the end of the september for issued for parents with u.s. citizen children. colorlines reports the data appears to dash hopes that new guidelines issued for deportations last year would curb the separation of families by immigration and customs enforcement. the prosecutorial discretion guidelines instruct ice agents to focus on certain immigrants, including those with criminal convictions, and to consider a person's ties to the country and "whether the person has a u.s. citizen or permanent resident spouse, child, or parent" when making deportation decisions. a group of new jersey residents who say they're subjected to surprise pre-dawn, immigration rates has reached a settlement of the federal government. most of the plaintiffs were either citizens or lawful residents of the united states when they said armed immigration and customs and mores and agents i
. >> reporter: today the investment firm that makes the type used in the attack said it's selling the company describing the massacre as a watershed event. dick's sporting goods also said it will suspend selling military-style weapons. while in washington. >> reporter: my little brother derek rimstad was riddled with bullets in sacramento, california. >> reporter: the families of gun victims were on capitol hill. >> reporter: our daughter was killed in aurora on july 20th of this year. >> reporter: demanding new gun regulation. calling the massacre a tipping point, the mayors issued a letter calling for the president to ban assault weapons and high intensity magazines. and to eliminate gun show loopholes. the police union also came out in support of a new assault weapons ban. while some influential democrats are speaking out in support of a gun law, today the first signs of opposition from republicans. >> we did have an assault weapons ban for 10 years. the crime rate was going down before it. the crime rate when it was lifted continued to go down. >> reporter: the nra is promising a news con
:00 expect for the technology building. students in the technology building told us they were patted down before they were allowed to leave. >> we started clearing the building, and looking for the suspect or a person matching that description that was given to us. did not, did not find anyone matching that description. >> officers gave the all clear just before 8:00. the suspect description was vague and officers say they haven't been able to track the original 911 call. school officials say the large police response was warranted. >> i don't think you can ever call anything to this nature an overreaction in the day and age we live in. any time we receive a possible threat on campus we have to take it seriously. >> reporter: the campus president told us they don't have surveillance cameras but are in the process of tracking them down. reporting live in san jose, matt keller. >>> now to robert honda, he's been talking to students who have been locked down for hours some on their graduation night, robert. >> reporter: that's right, it was supposed to be a night of celebrations or at least
building told us they were patted down before they were allowed to leave. >> we started clearing the building, and looking for the suspect or a person matching that description that was given to us. did not, did not find anyone matching that description. >> officers gave the all clear just before 8:00. the suspect description was vague and officers say they haven't been able to track the original 911 call. school officials say the large police response was warranted. >> i don't think you can ever call anything to this nature an overreaction in the day and age we live in. any time we receive a possible threat on campus we have to take it seriously. >> reporter: the campus president told us they don't have surveillance cameras but are in the process of tracking them down. reporting live in san jose, matt keller. >>> now to robert honda, he's been talking to students who have been locked down for hours some on their graduation night, robert. >> reporter: that's right, it was supposed to be a night of celebrations or at least that was the plan. the scene of police officers and s.w.a.
at theatlantic.com. thanks for joining us. we will take you live to the house floor. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2012] the speaker pro tempore: the house will be in order. the chair lays before the house a communication from the speaker. the clerk: the speaker's room, washington, d.c., december 19, 2012. i hereby appoint the honorable daniel webster to act as speaker pro tempore on this day. signed, john a. boehner, speaker of the house of representatives. the speaker pro tempore: the chair will receive a message. the messenger: mr. speaker, a message from the senate. the secretary: mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: madam secretary. the secretary: i have been directed by the senate to inform the house that the senate has agreed to s. res. 624, relative to the death of the honorable daniel k. inouye, senator from the state of ohio. -- hawaii. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the order of the house of january 17, 2012, the chair will now recognize members from lists submitted by the majority and minority l
at the whole statement of his, and to use that as an excuse for this bill -- by the way, at 97% of small businesses have in come under $250,000. so to use that once again as the rationale is i think ignorant of the fact. let me just say a word about the provisions on earned income tax and the child tax credits. you can play around with language, whether it is a tax or spending, but the truth of the matter is that the bill that was filed last night would raise taxes on 25 million working families. >> i just cannot believe that. this is the joint committee on taxation that says the provisions are spent. these are spending provisions, not tax provisions. this is not a tax increase. i will just then by the joint committee on tax reform. >> i have enjoyed the discussion to between the chairman and ranking member. is it a fact that when you make these tax cuts permanent for people making a million dollars or more, then you are at the same time, 9099000 for example, you are giving that person of $50,000 tax cut. >> about understood correctly what your asking, we are si on in, over 1 million, bu
of gym and we heard gunshots. the power went out. the gym teachers directed us to stay against the wall and everyone started panicking. then the police came in. they asked if he was in here. we had to climb into the closets and we heard a lot more gunshots and the ambulance came. >> the one thing about the children is that some of them don't understand exactly what happened here but parents obviously understood it all too well. you can only imagine the terror that they experienced as they heard about the shootings and started running toward the school. here is one of the parents. >> mayhem in the room with all the kids and the teachers trying to find your kid, identify them, trying to find out the situation. >> there are no words. terror and a sense of immediate urgency to get to your child and to be there to protect them. >> as hard as the teachers tried to protect the children, in sandy hook elementary school today, the awful news is that 20 children were among the total of 26 dead. we do not have final figures. all of this obviously is very fluid. it could change. >> we ask for your
and so arbitrary it could happen to any one of us and all of us have this nightmare about our children and that's why i think this whole country is together on this. >> and certainly those parents are going to be second guessing lots of decisions. >> i can't imagine, you know. >> and that's being a father and i can't imagine how you -- i couldn't imagine it during september 11th or many other times how you live with in, horrible. >> those answers are yet to come in the days ahead. we are going to continue our conversation with mayor guiliani in just a bit and continuing coverage of the aftermath of the tragedy in newtown, connecticut just ahead. get married, have a couple of kids, [ children laughing ] move to the country, and live a long, happy life together where they almost never fight about money. [ dog barks ] because right after they get married, they'll find some retirement people who are paid on salary, not commission. they'll get straightforward guidance and be able to focus on other things, like each other, which isn't rocket science. it's just common sense. from td ameritrad
to actually do something about gun violence. >> this should be a wakeup call for all of us. >> shepard: he says this time words must lead to action. >> if there is even one thing that we can do to prevent any of these events, we have a deep obligation. all of us to try. >> shepard: now the president is setting a deadline and asking gun owners to help get this done. plus arnold -- armed and dangerous and on the run. two inmates tieing together bed sheets and sliding 20 stories to the ground tonight a daring escape from a skyscraper jail. but first from fox this wednesday night. we no longer excuse for doing nothing on gun control. those words today from president obama as stood before a nation still grieving over friday's' murders in newtown, 26 innocent adults and children gunned down at an elementary school. today at the white house the president says he has now asked the vice president, joe biden to lead an effort to come up with real proposals for reducing gun violence. and he said he wants those proposals by next month. >> this is not some washington commission. this is not something w
you in, harris. thank you for joining us. "america live" starts right now. >> fox news extreme weather alert on the deadly storm that has caused major problems from texas to the northeast the storm is now blamed for a total of 15 deaths. whipping up tornados in the south, strong winds and rain along the atlantic coastline and dumping heavy snow from the plains to new england. the northeast getting hammered today. some areas are seeing more than a foot of snow while others deal with a heavy wind-swept rain leading to big airport delays in ohio, more than a thousand trucks are sent out, some getting heavy police escort as winds cause zero visibility. drivers say the situation is awful. >> i have seen 10 cars in an accident. i have saw a lexus fly into a ditch. i saw a semi-truck jackknife. all kinds of stuff. >> i have lost count of the number of cars i've seen in the ditch. i saw a jackknifed tractor-trailer. i saw a horse trailer that was turned over. so i think people are just not really driving slow enough for the conditions. >> pretty rough. we've seen a lot of accidents thus far in
will be used to help pay for the funerals of the victims, john. >>> police say they have found important evidence during their searches at the school and at the shooter's home. we also know now more about the actual shooting and what weapons were used in it. cnn national correspondent susan candiotti joins me now and, susan, what are we learning this morning? >> hi, john. well, we know one thing and that is that federal agents and other investigators who will be back out pounding out the streets today, chasing down leads, information they have that the suspected shooter in this case may have visited gun stores or gun ranges in the days before the attack. however, so far our sources tell us that those tips have not panned out. we also know that three additional guns have been found, according to our sources, at the home that the shooter shared with his mother. we're standing down the street from that house right now. we are told that one of those three weapons, which are all described to me as older model rifles, at least one of them have been traced to the mother. they're still conductin
from them. people's spouses. those teachers and administrators were taken from us. >> i have to commend all of the first responders, both state and local, and certainly the staff of the school. they were there for those children, which is what teachers are all about. and it was most obvious today, most obvious today, what they really are about as teachers. to all of them, i say thanks on behalf of all of us. >> and that does it for us. thank you for watching. erin burnett "outfront" starts now. >>> breaking news, massacre in newtown, connecticut. i'm ashleigh banfield in for erin burnett. this just in. listen. >> 6-7 muc. sandy hook school. caller thinks someone is shooting in the building. front glass is broken, unsure why. all units, the individual that i have on the phone is continuing to hear what he believes to be gunfire. units responding sandy hook school at this time, the shooting appears to have stopped. the school is in lockdown. >> that broken glass is the result of the gunman reportedly shooting his way into the school. the unthinkable tragedy has left this very small new en
't know as of yet. they'll give us the best cues they can, but he is meeting with these-- with these families one by one and also meeting with first responders. and picking up on what charles said. >> yeah, i mean, i was just going to point out when you talk about, you know, heroes and human moments and the stories that we've heard about these teachers over the course of the last 24 hours. >> the principal and-- >> the principal. >> the psychiatrist. >> and losing their lives and trying to protect the kids and then there were teachers who hid in closets with children and got them to draw to calm them down and one teacher told them she loved them, fearful that they would hear that instead of the gunfire. i mean, these were really heroes in the best, best sense of the word. >> yeah, i mean, those are the stories, getting into the rooms, looking them up. some teachers putting them through windows so they could get out in time, kirsten, thinking to get them, you know, really what they'd been trained to do in the sense of emergency and remember that this place is just, an idy
. >> reporter: what the teacher do then? >> she read us some books and we talked about things and played little games in there. >> reporter: did you hear any more bad noises? >> yes. >> reporter: the teachers' calm is matched by a police of storm activity, word of possibly two shooters sparks searches of the surrounding area. children rushed out of the school, single-file hands on shoulder, eyes squeezed shut. >> we got in line and we had to close our eyes. >> reporter: how did you find your way out with your eyes closed? >> we all put our hands on other people's shoulders and then our teacher hold the first person's hand and she led us out. >> chaos. complete chaos. nobody knew where anyone was, mob scene of children and police and adults. >> reporter: ella's mom and dozens of other families search for their kids as information starks to trickle in. >> i heard that children were taken out bloody. >> very scared, worried about my son, worried about the other kids i know here. >> it was terrifying, i'm still terrified. i'm still in shock about it all. i still don't know everything that happened.
as others were being laid to rest. nbc's anne thompson remains in newtown for us tonight. anne, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, brian. you know the biggest difference at school today was police presence. at holly elementary school, officers stopped each and every car and spoke to the parents and students inside. and at each school there was a team of counsellors helping students deal with their grief and fear. the reopening of newtown schools an act of faith and resolve. >> whether you wait a day a month or whatever. there's no -- there's no rule book. >> reporter: determination quickly tested as a threat to one elementary school forced it into lockdown before students even arrived. the sight of the massacre at sandy hook elementary school remained closed. moving vans carrying furniture and equipment left under a police escort, headed for the school's new building in neighboring monroe. at newtown's catholic church, two funerals today. james mattioli, the first grader who loved to sing loudly, a mini version of his dad. his favorite classes were math and recess. 6-year-old jessica r
. publically, he promised the country that he will use whatever power he has to present another shooting like this. and on nbc's meet the press, california senator dianne feinstein promised he will have a bill to work with. >> a bill to ban assault weapons. it will ban the sale, the transfer, the importation and the possession. >> feinstein said that bill will be introduced on the first day of congress, both in the house and in the senate. more bill press is coming up after the break. live in our chat room. you can join us there at current.com/billpress. come away armed with facts and the arguments to feel confident in their positions. i want them to have the data and i want them to have the passion. but it's also about telling them that you're put on this planet for something more! i want this show to have an impact beyond just informing. an impact that gets people to take action for themselves. as a human being that's really important. this is not just a spectator sport. [ ♪ theme ♪ ] [ music ] broadcasting across the nation on your radio and on current tv this is "t
this morning. so glad all of you are joining us, for a little bit of your christmas holiday. robin, of course, at home recovering. saying hello to you, between the toes. george also at home with his family. great to be joined by my compatriots, lara and sam on this christmas holiday. >> great to have you both in my life. and wishing you a really wonderful morning. today on the show, we have a christmas morning roundtable, with spiritual leaders, discussing faith in our lives right now. it's an important discussion to have right now. we look forward to that. >>> also ahead this morning, you know her from "dancing with the stars." katherine jenkins is here with a sa song that is absolutely perfect for this morning, christmas morning. i can't even bring myself to say shh because her voice is so incredible. >> it stops you in your tracks. >> i know. i could listen to it all morning. >>> something we want to show you. these kids, there's a surprise on the way. they don't know it, but santa is going to visit. >> making his way down the chimney, i believe, as we speak. we are pretaping the show, so
three, jenna bush hager will be joining us. she herself having been a teacher. we'll share some thoughts about that. and then we're going to take a turn toward the holidays. we've got three amazing gingerbread homes. these are more than homes. these are incredible structures. >> gingerbread mansions? >> some mansions. one is a cathedral. >> i've been nibbling at those all morning. is that wrong? >> i know. i wanted to speak to you about that. three finalists competing in our quest for the best competition. how will the cookie crumble? we'll find out. >>> also, if you still have christmas shopping, we have some must-have tech gifts for you from old school pacman, ghost lamp, the a remote controlled angry bird. >> we're calling it "tech the halls." >> i like that. did you just come up with that? >> yeah. not really. >>> but first, we want to get the latest on newtown, connecticut. let's go to natalie morales. good morning again to you. >> good morning. with just a week to go until christmas, you see the christmas tree in the center of town is now growing into a makeshift memorial. it's cov
former football player here. he's used to wrangling people together. all the kids have been together since young children. they canceled their plans to meet for a holiday celebration in new york city, every single one of them came homestead. >> we've all been such good friends such a long time. we all grew up here. and it's so close-knit, this community. everyone kind of has each other's backs and does whatever it can to help each other out. >> we will be leaving newtown to give this small town its streets back. for the residents here to grieve and share together. but we're not going to stop covering this and talking tab in honor of those who died and to make those in power take action to stop anything like this from happening again. "a.c. 360" begins now. >> erin, thanks very much. good evening, everyone. we are live once again from newtown, connecticut. a town where many students returned to school today. schools reopened, of course, with the exception of sandy hook elementary, the school that's now a crime scene. the students of sandy hook will go back to school after the holidays
with us today. >>> and as this list is revealed late today of the victims. some of the youngest names and faces. we have learned that a member of our own abc family has learned that she's lost one of her own relatives. we're praying for all of the families here tonight. >>> of course, what's happened here defies understanding. this evening we do know more about what happened as it unfolded yesterday, how this gunman blazed his way into that school and abc's dan harris has the latest. he reports now from across town at the fire station. dan, good evening. >> reporter: david, good evening to you. as you know well having covered this story since the moment it broke, there have been so many contradictory and false reports about exactly what happened inside that school, but tonight, finally, we're get a fuller picture of those first, frantic moments. at around 9:30 a.m., the suspect armed to the teeth and coated in kevlar forced his way into the school by breaking the glass here at the front entrance. the chards still visible even from the air today. >> units responding to sandy hook schoo
thanks on behalf of all of us. >>> good evening. breaking news. i'm ashleigh banfield in for erin burnett tonight. i can tell you his mother nancy lanza was found dead at the family home here in newtown, as well. she had been a teacher at the sandy hook elementary school. the school's principal dawn hochsprung was among those killed and tonight a friend remembered her as "quote, the kind of person you would want to be educating your kids. school psychologist mary sherlock was also kilged. this afternoon afternoon the brother, ryan lanza was taken in for questioning by police and he was handcuffed. officials did not label him a suspect. the gunman's father was also questioned in relation to what happened here today. tonight, a nation in mourning. candle light vigils were held in newtown and across the country. there was one just outside of the white house in washington, d.c. earlier today, president obama ordered flags to be flown at half staff nationwide in tribute to the victims of this terrible tragedy. in an emotional address, he said this to the nation. >> i know there's not a parent
to have a gun on us at all times. >> i call on congress today to put armed police officers in every school in the nation. >> what does that say about me? >> the media called me crazy. >> this guy is whacked. >> this was not a press conference. >> that was a commercial. >> more of a commercial. >> he didn't even take questions. >> the most bizarre press briefings i have ever witnessed. >> since when did the gun before a bad word? >> wayne lapierre blamed the media, video games. >> we are not the only culture that has video games. >> but since when did the gun become a bad word, bad word, bad word? >> at 11:02 eastern time today, the world stopped today to listen to this man. well, okay, the world didn't stop, but washington certainly stopped to listen. and all the cable networks stopped what they were doing to cover every word of what he had to say. and here is how he began. >> the national rifle association, 4 million mothers, fathers, sons and daughters joined the nation. >> wait a minute. 4 million people? in a country of 300 million people, a guy who represents 4 million people gets eve
a final volley of shots. lanza had used one of the handguns to take his own life. a.t.f. officials now tell us lanza and his mother went shooting together at various ranges over the past several years but, scott, they still don't know if adam lanza practiced in recent weeks. >> pelley: bob, you mentioned there was a fourth gun. do the investigators have a theory on what he intended to do with that? >> that fourth gun was a shotgun capable of carrying a large drum of ammunition. lanza left it behind in the car's truck. police say they're not sure what he intended to do it with but it suggests maybe he was thinking of a broader attack. >> pelley: bob, thanks very much. we asked correspondent seth doane to talk to people who could paint a broader picture of adam lanza. >> reporter: what kind of kid was adam lanza as a classmate. >> just quiet. >> reporter: this girl remembers adam lanza from german class. >> on one side he did something unspeakable, on the other, that's not how i remember him. i remember him as the nice kid that i sat near in class and, you know, we joked, he'd laugh, tha
thomas roberts a few hours ago that the weapon used at sandy hook did not meet that distinction. >> we have to remember, connecticut has the fifth toughest gun control laws in the country, including an assault weapon ban that bans 35 different weapons. the weapon that was used was not an assault weapon. therefore, it wasn't banned. >> indeed, a bushmaster ar-15 rifle like the one lanza used is legal in connecticut despite the assault weapon ban there as long as it lacks two of certain futures, like a grenade launcher and a bayonet mount. in fact, it's the most popular rifle in america. owned by some 3 million people. this model at bud's gun shop just sold out online this very afternoon. another model seen here from the bushmaster's website shows the many features of such a weapon, and heard on the video, a chilling reminder of the sound that rang through the school as the shooting began on friday morning. a horrifying noise, if ever there was one. i want to bring in nbc news justice correspondent pete williams with us from washington. pete, this weapon that lanza used at sandy hook ele
having problems, including adam lanza but says he never thought of lanza as a threat. ashleigh, tell us about the emotion that you are seeing. obviously, a lot of people who are -- they are burying their dead. at same time, trying to move on and give their other children a sense of hope in this community. >> one of the things i've been noticing surrounding communities, people from surrounding communities have been coming here to pay their respects, just to be a part of it somehow, show they are with the people of newtown and they support them in their grief. it's almost unbelievable the number of people with tears in their eyes just walking down the street. you can't walk anywhere near i am without encountering someone with a child or two adults walking hand in hand, crying, because they've just dropped off flags or teddy bears or candles or origami or some christmas ornament with the name of a child. we all know it's okay to be walking done street crying. everyone seems to understand. that's what this is all. and i just want to let you know also, there's a cafe i've been frequenting an
's not a conversation. that's a stalemate. we will have to change, the president told us from newtown over the weekend, and he's absolutely right. we all want to prevent another tragedy. so let's have a real serious conversation about it for once. okay. that does it for "the cycle." martin, it's all yours. >> s.e., i would be interested to hear your response to what jeffrey swanson, professor of psychiatry said when he said we're not even good at preventing minor violence. when you're talking about a mass shooting, that's a needle in the haystack. the mental health issues are not that straightforward are they? >> no, they're not. they're incredibly complex. the policies are incredibly complex. there are already laws on the books that do not adequately deal with this, but it's a conversation we need to have and we need to have it more often. >> okay. thank you, s.e., and thank you all of you on "the cycle." good afternoon. it's tuesday, december 18th, and as those killed in newtown are laid to rest, now is the time for action. >> that's the picture. that's the emotion that will pull this thing. >> the
charged with escaping from the metropolitan correctional center using bed sheets to climb down from the 15th floor. called one of chicago's most prolific bank robbers the secondhand bandits seen here in action on surveillance tape committed just last week after a bizarre trial being held at the metropolitan correctional center at the loop at 7:00 this morning employees arriving for work found this makeshift rope dangling out of a window on the south side of the building joseph banks into his cell mate have pulled off a brazen escape the window was no more than 4 in. wide and resources tell us that the inmates knocked out cinderblocks to create a hole large enough to squeeze through then they rappelled down the side of the building from the 15th floor on tied together bed sheets. the escape sparked an intense manhunt investigators going into a home where it's believed a relative of conley lived some nearby schools when into locked down as the search continued. the fbi are the ones who told me to stay inside. security has been beefed up for the judge rebecca who presided over bankses trial
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